WestWood/ SAGE Family Newsletter
Welcome to a warm February! We had a wonderful celebration of the first semester of learning with a time travel to the previous year's teacher for a morning meeting. Students had a great time reconnecting with their class and teachers from the year before.
We are looking forward to a fun filled month of I love to read and kindness activities. We are kicking off the month with a dress like your favorite book character day on Friday, February 2. Each Friday, the PTC has helped plan fun I love to read month activities. We truly appreciate all the planning and volunteers who have helped plan these fun events. We are also excited to connect with families again for conferences in February.
Please take a look at the resources and updates included in this newsletter to stay connected with what is happening at WestWood Elementary and SAGE Academy.
Dr. Karoline Warner
Included in this newsletter
Early Release and No School Days
Mobile Food Shelf
Spring Picture day
Health Office Needs
Strategic Plan Community Meetings
Community Education Newsletter/Kids Company Spotlight
Early Release and No School Days:
Early release day will be on February 7th. Students will be released at 1:50pm. There is no school on Monday, February 19.
Conferences will be held on Tuesday 2/13 from 4:15-6:15, Thursday 2/15 4:15-8:15 and Thursday 2/22 from 4:15-8:15. If you have not yet done so, please sign up for a time with your student’s teacher at https://ptcfast.com/schools/WestWood_Elementary.
While you are at conferences make sure you check out the lost and found items. Any remaining items will be donated after 2/22. Please label all items with your student’s name so we can help reunite lost items!
A student representing WestWood Elementary/SAGE Academy recently received a perfect score in the first of three meets in this year’s WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 125,000 students annually.
Competing in the Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, fourth grader Brinkley Theis earned a perfect score of 20 on the challenge. Nationally, only 26 fourth graders achieved this result. Another student from WestWood Elementary/SAGE Academy who achieved outstanding results in the meet was third grader Hayden Zahratka.
The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by Mrs. Rimbo (3rd grade) and Mrs. Bui (4th grade).
WestWood Yearbooks are NOW on Sale:
WestWood yearbooks are now on sale through March 15, 2024. Sales are online ONLY. The price is $18. Extras features can be added for additional costs including: personalized yearbook covers with student name (no photos) $5, year in review (news) $3, autograph inserts $2 and stickers $2. Yearbooks will be handed out at the end of the school year. If you have any yearbook related questions, please feel free to email Tom Deris (3rd grade teacher and yearbook advisor) firstname.lastname@example.org
Yearbook ID Code: 15176124
School Name: WestWood Elementary School
Due Date: March 15, 2024
Mobile Food Shelf:
CAP Agency (Community Action Partnership) is introducing a new service! Starting in February there will be a mobile food shelf delivery made to Edgewood & WestWood Schools. Each month there is a shopping list that needs to be completed with your family needs. Look for flyers that will come home monthly regarding the due date for shopping orders and the delivery date. Reach out to Dallas Giles, School Social Worker, with any questions at email@example.com or 952-226-0602.
Spring Picture day:
Lifetouch will be at WestWood on March 14th for our Spring Picture Day. ALL kindergarten students will be photographed in a cap and gown on this day. Only those in K-5 who prepay for Spring Pictures will be photographed in our spring backdrop.
More information to come at a later date.
Health Office Needs:
The health office is in need of small-medium stretchy style pants and underwear for students in grade K-3. If you are cleaning out your home and find any that fit that need we would love to have them!
We need your input! Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools has begun a strategic plan review and is seeking input to help establish a shared vision among community members.
To participate, families, staff, students and community members will have an opportunity to provide feedback during community meetings being held February - April. Input gathered from these meetings will be reviewed by a Strategic Plan Core Team of diverse community members who are working together to form a draft that identifies key priorities and defines the roadmap for learner success in PLSAS. The draft plan will then be reviewed by the School Board in May.
Please consider attending one of the community meetings outlined below.
Feb. 3, 9-11:00 a.m. @ McColl Pond ELC, 13550 Dakota Ave S, Savage
Feb. 7, 6-9:00 p.m. @ Prior Lake High School, 7575 150th St. West, Savage (RSVP for dinner to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Feb. 20, 1-3:00 p.m. @ Spring Lake Twp Town Hall, 20381 Fairlawn Ave, Prior Lake
March 23, 9-11:00 a.m. @ McColl Pond ELC, 13550 Dakota Ave S, Savage
March 26, 9-11:00 a.m. @ Club Prior, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave SE, Prior Lake
April 9, 6-9:00 p.m. @ Prior Lake High School, 7575 150th St. West, Savage (RSVP for dinner to email@example.com)
Now open! Enroll your child in kindergarten for 2024-25
Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools' kindergarten enrollment for the 2024-25 school year is now open. Visit our website to enroll your child: click here.
The following are some resources you may find helpful as you prepare for your child's entrance into kindergarten at PLSAS.
View our Kindergarten Information Night December 12 recording.
Click here for ideas to help prepare your student for kindergarten.
Check out our kindergarten brochure with helpful information.
Sit down with your soon-to-be kindergartner and watch our new video that highlights the fun learning that lies ahead at PLSAS!
We can't wait to welcome your student as a Laker!
Community Education Classes
Check out all of the amazing classes, activities and events available by browsing our digital catalogs. The summer catalog is now live online! Summer swim registration opens March 1st. Click on the class below for more information or to register.
Dance with Me Ball - Saturday, February 24 from 6:30-9pm
Duck Cup Memorial: Stories Over Stigma (Free Event) - Wednesday, March 13 from 7-8pm
3.21 Fun! (Free Event) - Thursday, March 21 from 4-7pm
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) offers a variety of classes for families with young children, including evening and Saturday classes. ECFE is for everyone and the classes are designed to strengthen families and support children’s healthy growth and development. Meeting other families and spending time with your child are other benefits!
Our Semester 2 classes are starting this week. There is still room left in our Time with Baby, ESTEM Learners, Preschool Discovery (evening class), and Art Party Classes. There are some evening classes that are one-time events such as Mindful Mondays, ESTEM Events and our Cultural Music Events. Check them out here- ECFE Registration
Always feel free to email me with questions about ECFE-
firstname.lastname@example.org (Vicki Spieler, Early Learning Assistant Coordinator)
Early Childhood Screening is FREE and includes growth, development, and
immunization checks. Children are assessed in preschool concepts, communication skills, motor skills and social-emotional skills. The screening is most valuable soon after children turn three and gives families an early connection to PLSAS. If you know families who would like information about screening, please share our phone number 952-226-0975 or signup online
Circle of Friends Preschool Registration is open for everyone on February 1st. There will be a Tour and Talk on Thursday, February 15th at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. RSVP is required. Come see Edgewood and hear about our great early learning programming. Our Nature Preschool will have an Open House on February 13th from 4:30-6:00 pm. Stop by Jeffers Pond that evening to get all your questions answered by our expert nature teachers.
Community Education Advisory Council
Make a difference in your schools and community, join the PLSAS Community Education Advisory Council. For more information visit our website.
For questions about our programs, please call 952.226.0310 or email email@example.com.
Parent Math Night
Save the date for an upcoming Bridges Math information night. Learn more about many of the visual models for mathematics that students encounter in Bridges Mathematics and Number Corner.
Registration will come at a later date.
Grades 3-5 families- Feb. 1st- 3-5th (6:30-7:45 PM @ Redtail Ridge
Scott County Library
PTC and DOGS Updates
WestWood Market School Store
WestWood Market, a school store run by 5th grade student employees, led by Mrs.Jaeb & parent volunteers, will now be open to 2nd - 5th grader shoppers. Kindergarten and first grade are welcome to shop through an order form. Online Catalog and order form can be located here
The store will be open to the 1st,* 3rd & 5th grade shoppers on:
1/5 /24 Friday
The store will be open to the kindergarten,*, 2nd & 4th grade shoppers on:
2 Dress Like a Book Character Day
WW Market 5/3/1
6 PTC meeting 6pm
7 Early Release
8 1st and 4th grade field trips
9 Author Visit
16 Book Swap
WW Market 4/2/K
19 No School
23 Blue & Gold Day
Readathon Event27 5th grade Ski Trip
This Math Page includes the following information for families:
-the link to the Bridges Family Support website
-the Mathematical Practices by Grade Level
-an article from the National PTA titled "Helping Your Child with Today's Math"
-the link to the Math Information Night presentation
-an explanation of conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and contextual application